Pool On The Road
Saturday 23 August 2014
Blackpool’s last competitive victory came at the DW Stadium in April, and a swift return will hopefully wield a first three points of the new campaign for José Riga’s men.
A 2-0 win at The Latics all but ensured Pool would be competing in The Championship this season, but both sides currently sit winless after three league games.
Blackpool were narrowly beaten on two occasions in the last week, against Blackburn and Brentford, but have shown promise in every game this season.
Wigan were beaten in last season’s play-offs, but after an opening day draw, they’ve lost their last two away from home at Charlton and Cardiff.
The Seasiders have won on their last two visits to Wigan, and a third should avoid Pool lurking at the bottom of the pile at this early stage of the campaign.
Gary MacKenzie comes into contention for the first time this season, while Jacob Mellis will face a late fitness test to prove he is over the injury which kept him out of Tuesday's game. However Andrea Orlandi is expected to miss out, along with Bobby Grant.
Ben Watson will miss out for The Latics with a broken leg, along with James McClean and Chris McCann.
In The Build-Up
Blackpool took the lead against Brentford on Tuesday, but finished the losing side, while defeats against Nottingham Forest and Blackburn had come before.
Wigan drew with Reading on the opening day, but were beaten 2-1 at Charlton and suffered a narrow 1-0 loss at Cardiff.
Wigan were the only club Blackpool claimed the double over last season, with the away trip arguably bringing the best performance of the season.
Matt Gilks’ penalty save proved crucial in April, before Andy Keogh and Stephen Dobbie netted for The Seasiders.
In The Championship
The early kick-off in The Championship provides an East Anglian derby between Ipswich and Norwich on Saturday.
Elsewhere Derby host Fulham, Cardiff travel to Wolves and Watford take on Leeds.
Ipswich v Norwich (12:15)
Blackburn v Bournemouth
Brentford v Birmingham
Brighton v Bolton
Derby v Fulham
Huddersfield v Charlton
Middlesbrough v Sheff Wed
Millwall v Rotherham
Nottingham Forest v Reading
Watford v Leeds
Wolves v Cardiff